Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Philosophy
Pastoral, Leadership, Church, Attendance, Pastoral Leadership, Church Attendance, Baptist, Relationship, Quantitative
Education | Religion
Carruthers, Michael, "Analyzing the Relationship between Pastoral Leadership and Church Attendance in Baptist Congregations in Eastman, Georgia" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4342.
The reality of the decline of the church is evident in many churches today. What is causing the decline in worship attendance? This research study examined 14 of the 42 Baptist churches in Eastman, Georgia, from the Dodge County Baptist Association, where the average weekly reporting worship attendance during 2018 to 2021 was 50 to 150 in attendance. This research used the survey method, where participants anonymously answered questions regarding their church and pastor. The research study's results objectively prove that pastoral leadership can affect church attendance. Further research can be completed to investigate this connection between pastoral leadership and church attendance.